Ciclope Festival will be entirely held at KINO INTERNATIONAL, one of the most legendary film theaters in former East Berlin for hosting premieres until the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989.
Until that year, Kino International was the main theater for premieres in the GDR. Multiple films produced by the DEFA (state-owned film studio) held their premieres here. Especially important for the party and national leadership were the eight rows with optimal views and extra legroom. Before and after premieres, state visitors sojourned in the “Representation Room”, today called the Honecker Lounge. In the basement, a small bunker and elevator were later added for the state leadership. The Kino’s last premiere in the GDR was Heiner Carow’s coming out on November 9, 1989, the day the Berlin Wall fell.
Today, KINO is one of the venues of the Berlinale and many filmmakers use the cinema for premieres due to its great ambience. Visitors from Berlin are fond of the theater’s history and special atmosphere. The large film posters on the outside of the theater display the film of the week and are still painted by hand.
The main room has a capacity of 560 seats, a 20 meters long stage and it´s equipped with the latest screening technology.